Keith Aucoin, Class of 2001, is arguably the most decorated athlete in Norwich University athletics history. The four-year star for the men’s ice hockey team holds the all-time point record with a remarkable 240 points in 116 games played. He scored 116 goals and notched 124 assists and was named an All-American all four seasons he played for the Maroon & Gold. He was a two-time league Player of the Year, as well as won the Sid Watson Award as the Division III National Player of the Year as a senior in 2001. He was a member of Norwich’s inaugural national championship team in 2000, when the Cadets beat St. Thomas (Minn.) 2-1 in Superior, Wisconsin.
Aucoin is a native of Chelmsford, Mass. After his remarkable career as a collegiate player, he went on to play professional hockey in seven leagues and four different countries. He began his career with the United Hockey League and then the American Hockey League, where he still ranks 7th all-time in career points.
Despite a small stature and humble beginnings, Aucoin went on to play 165 games in the National Hockey League. He skated for the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, and Carolina Hurricanes from He holds the distinction of being one of just 13 players who graduated from NCAA Division III hockey programs and went on to the NHL. Two others, Frank Simonetti and Kurtis McLean, are fellow Norwich alumni.
Aucoin’s career has more recently taken him abroad. In 2016 and 2017, he won back-to-back German Hockey League championships with Red Bull München. This fall, he started his 17th professional hockey season with that team. He was inducted into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
The Norwich hockey franchise continues its tradition of excellence. In addition to winning the men’s Division III NCAA championship in 2017, Norwich student-athletes swept the NCAA Elite 90 awards for Division III hockey this year. The award, named for the 90 championship contests that the NCAA oversees across all three divisions, is presented to the student-athlete competing in the championship with the highest GPA. The 2017 men’s and women’s Division III hockey awards were presented to Braeden Ostepchuk ’18 and Carly Menges ’19.